Each year, MFU members come together to debate our organization’s policy at the annual convention.
Members are selected as delegates to the convention at their annual county conventions in late summer and early fall. Then the state convention is held in mid-November at the Ramada Plaza Minneapolis.
Why is it important to be a delegate? They’re the avenue through which you can influence MFU policy, which we advocate for at the State Legislature and in Congress. Write resolutions about issues you believe we need to address, bring them to your county conventions, then those resolutions will be debated at the state convention. The delegates then vote on whether to incorporate that resolution into state policy. We work together cooperatively to refine our positions on issues that affect family farmers and rural communities. Elected officials frequently attend our conventions, interested to hear what rural residents are facing.
Every other year, we hold elections for president and vice president at the state convention. County organizations hold elections each year, so there are frequent opportunities for you to get involved in Farmers Union leadership roles.
Lastly, we elect delegates to the National Farmers Union Convention at the state convention. All delegates to the state convention are eligible to run for national delegate, and we encourage you to do so. The NFU convention is held yearly in March.
Some MFU policies we’ve established at the annual convention:
- Support for single-payer health care
- Support for E30 in the nation’s fuel supply
- Support for expanded rural broadband
- Support for a strong Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as part of the Farm Bill
- Support for mandatory Country-of-Origin-Labeling